Scholarship Information

Kyle W. Kiihnl $1000 Scholarship

We offer a $1000 college scholarship to high school seniors. Scholarship recipients may use the scholarship at the college or trade school of his or her choice. The Kyle W. Kiihnl Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients.


  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in in the Class of 2019.
  • Finalist(s) must be available to be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Recipient can use the scholarship at the college or trade school of his or her choice within two years of being named a recipient.


  • Cover letter.
  • Copy of acceptance letter from college or trade school of choice​.
  • 400 word minimum essay. 
  • The essay will be the primary factor in determining scholarship recipient.
  • Must be submitted in Times New Roman, font size 12.
  • Must "like" our Facebook page and make the Don't Drive Drowsy Pledge.

Essay must be written on one of  the following topics:

  1. Explain why Maggie’s Law is a major step forward in getting us to realize the seriousness of driving sleepy.
  2. Describe a drowsy driving incident experienced by you, a friend or family member. What led up to this incident and how could it have been prevented?
  3. Should drowsy driving be prosecuted like drunk driving or texting while driving?

If you would like to apply for the scholarship, please download the information sheet and follow the detailed instructions and submission deadlines. Or use the download button at the bottom of this page.

Exceeding Expectations $2,500 Scholarship

The Houston High School Wrestling Booster Club initiated a memorial scholarship fund in Kyle’s name to be given to the wrestler at Houston High School that “exceeded expectations”. Those were the words Head Coach Walt Holmes used to describe Kyle at the wrestling banquet just one month prior to Kyle’s death.

In 2009, the Foundation continued the tradition of presenting the Kyle W. Kiihnl Exceeding Expectations Scholarship for Houston High School Wrestlers. Each recipient has exceeded expectations through his hard work, determination, commitment and focus on academics.  

Since 2002, the Kyle W. Kiihnl Memorial Foundation has given more than 19 college scholarships to local high school seniors including our yearly Exceeding Expectations scholarship.

Scholarship information

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Zach Holtz, 2018 Exceeding Expectations Honoree

This year's Exceeding Expectations Scholarship honoree is Zach Holtz, a senior Houston High School wrestling team member. Zach will be attending Auburn and majoring in mechanical engineering while also participating in Army ROTC. This scholarship is awarded to a member of the HHS wrestling team in memory of Kyle Kiihnl, who exceeded expectations in all aspects of his young life. Pictured: Zach, his parents, Denise and Brian, and Joni Fox, executive director.

Alexander Buckley, 2018 Scholarship Recipient

 Congratulations to Alexander Buckley. Pictured: Alexander with Houston High School Principal Kyle Cherry, and Joni Fox, Foundation's executive director.
"Similar to past campaigns that were designed to prevent driving under the influence and driving while distracted, getting people to talk and think about the consequences of drowsy driving is a simple and effective way to reduce the number of these accidents."  Click here to read the whole essay.